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Thanks Dan,
I will try this in the future.

On my list of things I donít like to do:

Top stitching after turning right side out, it can be a pain to get the fabric to fold next to the seam line when using 1,000d with 1,000 d. I currently use a long flat screwdriver shoved in the product to coax the seam out.

Repairing old gear, because of ripping old dirty stitches out and then trying to put it back together when the binding feels like it either grew or shrunk. Also because the customer has no idea how much time it takes to modify their gear, for that reason I rarely do these jobs and when I do, itís only only for family or close friends. (Which further reduces my chance of getting paid). LOL

Cutting intricate parts out of fabric, pre-laser. After the laser purchase it was the time consuming part of learning CAD and replicating my existing patterns.

I have a love/hate relationship for repetitive jobs. I time myself for each operation to help stay motivated because a simple one minute operation on a 300 piece order is five hours. Which I recently came to realize while working on my largest order to date.

Replacing zippers for me. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but I still hate doing them, mostly on puffy jackets where there is a lot of potential movement. I'm sure there are a bunch of things I suck at but don't do often enough to even know it!
I have only replaced a few zippers, for family members, and I used basting tape to hold them in place. Itís a double sided tape that wonít gum up the sewing needle. I use this for various projects when I need parts to stay in place during sewing.

I was too cheap to purchase a $50.00 zipper jig so I bought a $3.00 tack remover and filed open the fork a little bit to hold the slider that I use. I then tore the handle off of the round shank, drilled a hole on the edge of my table on a slight angle. Now I can easily install and remove the tool as needed.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Need help sewing scuba webbing
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:31:56 PM »
No judgment here Man, my first machine was a heavy duty home machine that I got off of Craigslist.
This thread may help you a bit.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Need help sewing scuba webbing
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:40:59 AM »
Quick answer.
Loosen bottom tension and increase to next needle size.
What machine are you using?

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Hot Knife Pad?
« on: May 19, 2018, 12:44:44 PM »
Since I normally only cut webbing and cord with my hot knife I started with a 12 x 12 ceramic tile, now have a piece if 1/4Ē glass that I got from my glass guy. Iím not really set up to do large stuff with a hot knife, for that I have a machine that cuts and sears at the same time.

Materials science / Re: 55301 Webbing and Suggested Needle Type
« on: May 08, 2018, 01:11:38 PM »
Welcome aboard ag25. Do us a favor and post an introduction, so we can know a little more about you and maybe able to help you further.
Providing that we are looking at the bottom side of your project, I would check the things already mentioned looking closely at your bottom tension, which I believe could be too tight. I would also suggest cleaning your tension discs for your top thread, over time a waxy build up can accumulate and cause erratic tension issues.

Introductions / Re: hello from scotland
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:37:52 PM »
Itís Great to have you here!
It sounds like you have some very useful skills, which will translate over great to the gear making field.
I look forward to hearing your input on memberís posts.
Thanks, Scott

Vendors and sources / Elastic draw cord, 1/8Ē or 3/32
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:56:12 PM »
Hey guys,
Iím looking for some elastic draw cord in 1/8Ēor 3/32Ē, in coyote brown with a tough outer sheath, and prefer US made.
I am currently using Rockywoods, it is 1/8Ē and US made, it seems to be pretty good, but the job I want to use it on will require a lot of cycles through the cord lock and Iím not sure how well the outer sheath will hold up.
Do you guys have any suggestions?
Thanks, Scott

I have a machine set up to run 138 thread and it is set up to run #23 needles.
Your needle size may not be a problem, but is your machine set up to run the needle size that you are using? With the thread and bobbin removed from the machine, verify that your needle to hook clearance is set up properly.

This should take care of what you need, pick your style, then pick your color.

Service exchange / Re: Target bag
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:47:36 AM »
Thanks Guys,
I sent him both of your contact info and responses that you gave.
Weíll see if anything comes from this.

Service exchange / Re: Target bag
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:23:08 PM »
Right on Globe, I'll let him know you're interested.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Machine Advice
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:12:09 PM »
If you can only have one machine, I would suggest a walking foot sewing machine.
To name a few.

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